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Riparium maint. ?

How do you address the waterline as far as cleaning? Is that something that should be touched up daily?
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I usually find 2X per week to be sufficient. If it gets away from you for a little while and forms a thicker chalkline you can lower the water a bit more and use a paper towel with a bit of vinegar to loosen it up. Remember to also wipe away waterspots--vinegar is nice for this too--each time that you service the tank.
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Does vinegar have any effect on the silicone? Just want to know for when I clean out a tank...

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No it won't hurt the silicone in those small amounts, but be careful to not get it on the plant leaves because it burns foliage. You can actually use vinegar as a natural herbicide that way.

Just use a small amount and soak the corner of a paper towel with it.
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I meant can you clean the interior of an empty tank, glass and silicone, with diluted vinegar? Like when you're tearing down a tank, resealing it, and resetting it. Is it safer on the silicone than diluted bleach water? (It sure easy easier to breath around!)

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I have also done that before with no trouble. You know it makes me wonder if strong vinegar might loosen silicone because some silicone sealents incorporate acetic acid something like a solvent that evaporates off while curing. I'm guessing it's not too much of an issue because plain cooking vinegar is weaker acid. I have let straight vinggar sit in the bottom of a tank before and I never saw any trouble.
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Well I just ran into something that explained that "super strong" cleaning vinegar can in fact loosen silicone.

If you want to use vinegar to clean the glass I'd say just use the regular white grocery store vinegar in a modest amount and rinse it out when you're done.
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I have 3 tanks running that were all clean red prior to set up with straight vinegar. After the cleaning they were all rinsed well with water. i've cleaned my tanks for years like that. I've never had straight vinegar effect silicone when I used it for brief periods of time. (5-10 dwell time)
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